Nuclear Technology

Nuclear Technology AAS

The Nuclear Technology program at Columbia Basin College (CBC) will help you build the STEM knowledge and related workplace skills for a career in the nuclear industry. During your studies in the Nuclear Technology program, you will learn about:

  • nuclear power plant operating and processing facilities
  • nuclear waste disposal
  • laboratories
  • radiation protection
  • electrical operations
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You are able to choose from three different degree tracks including, Radiation Protection Technology, Non-Licensed Operator and Instrumentation & Control Technology. Operators and Instrumentation and Control Technicians have transferable skills that allow them to also build a career in vital industries such as energy generation (wind, hydro, gas and oil), process operations and manufacturing.

Students working toward an Associate of Applied Science degree earn a one year certificate in Nuclear Technology upon successful completion of their first-year requirements. In addition to the degree, graduates who qualify may also earn the industry recognized National Academy for Nuclear Training (NANT) Certificate.

Career Connect Washington Endorsed Logo CBC works closely with the nuclear industry, both locally and nationally. As one of 25 Nuclear Uniform Curriculum Programs (NUCP) in the U.S., CBC and Energy Northwest partner to ensure that the CBC Nuclear Technology program is aligned with the needs of the nuclear power industry. This includes ensuring the program offerings are consistent with the established standards for accredited utility training programs so that all graduates have the same basic knowledge necessary to be successful power plant workers.


Academic Prerequisites

There is no room for error in the nuclear industry. These exacting standards are transferred to the education and training programs by requiring high-level competencies in math, reading and English. To be considered for CBC's Nuclear Technology program, the following placement testing results are recommended:

  • College-level reading
  • ENGL&101: English Composition
  • MATH&141: Pre-Calculus 

Qualified applications will be evaluated for acceptance each fall. Final selection of students are made after all transcript screenings and evaluations are complete.

General education courses make up a significant portion of each of the three degree tracks.

  • English Composition ENGL& 101
  • Pre-calculus l, MATH& 141
  • General Psychology, PSYC& 100 or Intro to Sociology, SOC& 101
  • Physics for Non-Science Majors w/Lab, PHYS& 110
  • Chemistry w/ Lab, CHEM& 140 or CHEM& 161
  • Communication Studies: CMST& 101, 210, 220 or 260
  • Human Biology w/ Lab, BIOL& 175 (RPT ONLY) 

Students should contact a Completion Coach to devise a degree plan. This quarter-by-quarter plan will be created based on your previous educational attainment and the requirements still necessary to complete the desired degree.


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Have you attended or completed another NUCP training program?


Applicant essays should address the items listed below and include any other relevant information you wish the review committee to know. Essays may be created in Microsoft Word or other program, then copied and pasted into the field below.

  1. Why you intend to pursue an education in nuclear technology.
  2. Your career goals.
  3. Have you already chosen one of the three program alternatives and why?
  4. How will you balance your personal life (work, family, etc.) while attending college classes four nights a week?
  5. How will your background, experiences and education provide diversity to the nuclear workforce?
  • Award amounts vary
  • Application deadline was February 21, 2020. Applicants will be notified of awards in May with awards being applied in Fall of 2020.
  • Applicants can be current or prospective students intending to enroll full-time (12 credits).
  • $2,000 to $4,000 awards
  • Students who have completed an NUCP program and are interested in completing a bachelor's degree in nuclear engineering, nuclear energy engineering, electronics systems engineering, electronics engineering or radiation protection
  • Thomas Edison State College Matriculation Scholarship application; no deadline
  • Scholars may be awarded up to $1,500 per quarter
  • Individual applications must be submitted for fall, winter and spring quarters
  • Funds are flexible, may be used for tuition, fees, housing, transportation, food and more
  • WSOS Application, next round due Feb. 11, 2021


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